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Typhoon Haima Update

Tags: Disaster Relief, Mission News, Philippines
POSTED ON Oct 21, 2016 by Rosie Cochran

“Many of our co-workers had a long night last night and into the day,” wrote NTM’s field leadership in the Philippines as Typhoon Haima moved on. “While the damage has definitely been significant in some areas, I'm grateful to say that everyone at this point has been accounted for and is safe.”

Safe and accounted for is a good thing. But now they have to figure out how to put things back together again.

One missionary wrote that it was “like nothing anyone had seen before. … [There were] no injuries here … but heavy damage. …  People could use tarps, rope, nails, and gas and oil to cut lumber.”

Another recounted that, “people in town and the tribe alike have substantial damage to their homes.”

That damage extended to NTM Aviation’s hangar in the Philippines, but thankfully not to the helicopter. Even now the aviation team is organizing helicopter flights to assess needs and bring in supplies for NTM personnel and the many Filipinos affected by this storm. But it’s not going to be an easy task.

“One dilemma I am sure the support missionaries, especially the flight program, will face is having to make their own dwellings livable again while trying to give relief efforts to the ones in the tribe and surrounding areas,” wrote missionary pilot Brian Schaadt.

Do you sense the enormity of the task at hand? It is huge, but it’s also an opportunity to be a blessing. NTM’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund allows us to respond promptly to disasters such as this. Pray that lives will be positively affected by an outpouring of love through the relief effort.